Father - definition, pronunciation, transcription
- the founder of a family (syn: forefather, sire)
- `Father' is a term of address for priests in some churches (especially the Roman Catholic Church or the Orthodox Catholic Church); `Padre' is frequently used in the military (syn: padre)
- (Christianity) any of about 70 theologians in the period from the 2nd to the 7th century whose writing established and confirmed official church doctrine; in the Roman Catholic Church some were later declared saints and became Doctor of the Church; the best known Latin Church Fathers are Ambrose, Augustine, Gregory the Great, and Jerome; those who wrote in Greek include Athanasius, Basil, Gregory Nazianzen, and John Chrysostom
- a person who holds an important or distinguished position in some organization
- God when considered as the first person in the Trinity (syn: father-god, fatherhood)
- a person who founds or establishes some institution (syn: beginner, founder)
- the head of an organized crime family (syn: don)
He became a father when he was 30.
He's the father of three small children.
He has been like a father to me.
He was a father to me after my own father died.
He was praised for fathering a plan to improve the city's schools.
...Paul Revere somehow found room in his small house for the large family he had fathered....
He was like a father to them.
He was a father to so many of my friends.
He fathered the improvement plan.
Ask your father to help you.
Andrew was very excited about becoming a father.
He's been like a father to me.
The driver, a father of four, escaped uninjured.
Steve recently became the proud father of a 7lb 12oz baby girl.
I have sinned, Father.
present participle: fathering
past tense: fathered
past participle: fathered